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Computer restarting, no error messages. Could this be a faulty/incompatible part of the computer? [closed]

Fiance is having trouble with a new CyberPower PC she got. It's been restarting on it's own over inconsistent periods of time. I've done what I can think of on the software end. Making sure Windows ...
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17 views

PC Shut Down & Blue Screening?

I have recently upgraded my motherboard in my computer before that I had a standard small board but now I have a big gaming one (forgot the exact size names think its atx or something) Anyway, ...
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0answers
51 views

Keep getting electrified by computer power plug

I recently built a desktop computer, however whenever I move it to a different room for instance, and I accidentally touch the plug pins (UK), I get a quite significant electric shock. Is this a fault ...
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2answers
141 views

Either my CPU, motherboard or PSU is bad. Which one is it?

I've asked a question here before, in December 2013, about a hard drive I wasn't sure whether it was bad. Turns out it was just a side effect from a bigger problem. Symptom: It started with Windows 7 ...
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1answer
62 views

PSU issue and compatibility

I have an HP Pavilion 6604y desktop. It is a dual core 2.8GHz, 6GB, 1TB HDD. I updated to Windows 8.1. My problem came before I upgraded though. A few months ago I was on my computer when it ...
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1answer
99 views

My computer will not turn on

I recently built a gaming PC. It was working fine before the following events: I installed a graphics card driver update then: in Windows it said that the User Experience Index needed to be refreshed, ...
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1answer
92 views

Is my power supply dead?

I recently bought a new NZXT Phantom case and went ahead and moved all my components from the old case. It took a while to get some things in, and then to do a little bit of cable management (as much ...
2
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1answer
221 views

Cause of desktop computer AC plug melting?

We discovered the family desktop computer's 110V AC cord to be swollen and hard to unplug from the PC. Both the plug and the receptacle are partially melted on what I think is the "hot" side (rather ...
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2answers
92 views

Computer won't power on at all

So, this morning I woke up and my computer won't power on at all. There's no beeps, no lights (though I don't think my motherboard has lights on it anyways?). I plugged in my brother's PSU and it ...
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2answers
59 views

Desktop won't power on

I have a desktop, which suddenly couldn't be powered on. It just starts for a second and then turns off. If I keep pushing the power button the computer starts normally. At first I thought that the ...
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0answers
339 views

Power-on button takes a long time to work after PSU is turned on

I have a four-year-old Dell Inspiron 530 desktop with onboard video and recently it started to show this weird behavior (sorry, it’s a long post…). The computer is connected to a voltage regulator, ...
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1answer
56 views

Wake up PC via USB from another PC

How can I wake up/turn on Linux powered PC from another Linux powered PC via mutual USB cable?
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2answers
97 views

PC doesn't turn on - no noise or lights

I just tried to start my PC but it didn't. No lights and no fans running. Then I pressed once more the start button and something blew - I guess the power supply but I'm not sure. Any ideas of what ...
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1answer
2k views

How to do the “paper clip test” on an old PSU with 20-pin connector?

I have a PSU (power supply unit) of the old type with a 20-pin main power connector for the motherboard. Unlike most of the newer units with the 24-pin power connector this one does not have a green ...
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1answer
1k views

Computer won't start, just blinks on and off

I had a computer that was working fine for over a year, then suddenly it started to shut off, it got so bad that I press the power button and in around 30 seconds while booting Windows it would shut ...
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2answers
1k views

Why is my computer randomly restarting? How can I fix it?

I have a custom built desktop computer that I've been using since about a year ago. The main specs are: ASUS P8Z68-V LE Motherboard Intel Core i7 2600k Corsair Vengeance 16GB Ram ASUS ENGTX570 GPU ...
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1answer
129 views

Big noise from Power Supply Unity Fa? Should I replace it immediately?

Recently, I started to get a large noise from my PC when switched on. After some time, it disappears. I discovered that the issue is with the Power Supply Unit. Does this mean I have a failing PSU? ...
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2answers
102 views

Is it a good idea to place the Power Supply Unit Below the Hard disk?

Several years ago I bought a new computer casing which is very weird. Its small and compact. Normally, we have the PSU in the top. But in here, the PSU is on the bottom and right below the hard drive. ...
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1answer
720 views

Upgrading video adapter for Dell Vostro 220s to Geforce 7800 or Radeon 1800? [closed]

First, I'm a software guy, not a hardware guy. I'm not afraid of hardware, but I don't stay current on the technology. You can probably assume that I know the basics (I know the difference between ...
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2answers
414 views

New PC, screen blacks out after 10-20 minutes

About 2 weeks ago I bought a custom pc with parts chosen by me and help from some people, and got the employees at the store to build it for me. At first everything ran smooth, games like skyrim and ...
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3answers
2k views

Bad graphics card or new power supply needed?

I've just bought a Radeon HD6870 but when I install it my machine doesn't even POST. I had to get a PCI-E power connector adaptor (2xHDD sockets to PCI-E 6-pin plug) as my 500W power supply only had ...
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0answers
48 views

Trouble powering on PC with new memory

I just bought 8GB RAM for my PC and it works fine, except that sometimes the video card won't boot up when I turn my PC on, or I get a CPU temperature warning. I also don't get the bleep after BIOS. ...
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1answer
740 views

Desktop PC takes time to turn on after pressing button

Lately, my desktop PC does not turn on the moment I press the power button. It takes a while (10 mins to half hour) to turn on. I can see the LED on the motherboard is on all the while, but it doesnt ...
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2answers
1k views

Internal UPS for desktop computers? [closed]

I was wondering, are there internal UPS'es available for desktop computers? Every laptop has something like a UPS in it: The battery pack. Desktop computers don't consume that much power, it should ...
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2answers
73 views

Desktop PC power supplies - will a fancy one save power (while powering same hardware components)?

Say I put a cheap power supply into a PC, could I save electricity costs by replacing it with some kind of fancy PSU (that's "more efficient" or has some kind of intelligent power management)? I know ...
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5answers
1k views

My power supply/motherboard nightmare

Last summer I bought a broken power supply (without knowing of course) and put it in my computer. Turning my box on made one of my cheaper HDDs catch fire (I believe a capacitor or resistor blew) and ...
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3answers
815 views

Best Way to Protect A Desktop From Power Surge/Dirty Power?

What is the best way to protect a computer desktop from a power surge/dirty power? Would a power strip be adequate? (I don't have much space in my desk.)
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1answer
534 views

My motherboard's power supply connector is 20 pin, but all the power supplies I see for sale are 20+4 pin. Can this work?

I just got one on newegg that is 20+4 pin, but I need 20 pin. I thought since it says 20+4 instead of 24 that I might still be able to use it for a 20 pin connector? Or is there a converter I can ...
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2answers
686 views

Power supply burned out, easy to install a new one?

Ok so I left my desktop pc alone, unplugged, for a couple months, and when I came back and plugged it back in, it started emitting a high pitched squealing noise, and when I pushed the power button, ...
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5answers
26k views

Connect a 2.5" (laptop hard disk) SATA hard disk to Desktop PC

Can I connect a laptop SATA hard disk to Desktop PC? Do I have to use some adapters or I can just plug in SATA power connector and SATA data cable like my Desktop hard disk is connected? I noticed ...
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1answer
42 views

What form-factors do PSUs use nowadays?

I'm building a desktop and I'm going to get the SilverStone SST-ST50F 500W as my PSU. What form-factor is it? Is it ATX, following the motherboard form-factor or different?
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4answers
908 views

Desktop does nothing after pressing power button?

I have a user in a remote office that tells me his machine is totally unresponsive at the moment. He arrived in the office to find his UPS beeping in some way, and there was other evidence of a power ...
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0answers
852 views

Blinking motherboard power LED

I was just rebuilding an old desktop PC to be used as a HTPC and the LED on the motherboard that indicates when there is power is blinking fairly rapidly. The only way I can get the machine to boot is ...
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10answers
6k views

How to troubleshoot a computer not booting up when powered on?

I can turn on my computer and sometimes it will boot up just fine. After a while of use, days or even a week, when I try to turn it on, it powers up, in that the fans spins up, the power indicator ...